Minimum wage ballot effort raises concerns

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Friday, June 28, 2019

June 28, 2019

Local chambers of commerce are mulling whether to join the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in opposing an effort to place a Florida constitutional amendment on next year’s presidential election ballot to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $15.

The Florida For A Fair Wage ballot initiative is being led by attorney John Morgan, who spearheaded Florida’s successful medical marijuana amendment in 2016.

Under the proposed amendment, the state’s minimum wage would increase to $10 an hour on Sept. 30, 2021, which is $1.54 more than the current minimum wage of $8.46 an hour. Each year after 2021, it would increase by $1 until 2026 when $15 an hour would be reached on Sept. 30. The minimum wage for tipped income earners would increase to $11.98 per hour.

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